Kings and queens of the oasis
Bard Valley Natural Delights Medjool Dates
226 grams for HK$42.90, Gourmet
Known as the 'king' or 'diamond' of dates, medjool dates are prized for their large size, natural sweetness and chewy texture. These come from California's Bard Valley, the microclimate of which is said to produce superior dates.
Verdict: amazingly brown-sugary sweet with hints of caramel, but lacks the famed chewiness.
Natural Selection Organic Deglet Nour Dates
250 grams for HK$48, Just Green
Smaller than the medjool, the deglet nour is the 'queen' of dates. These are grown in the Djerid oasis, deep in the heart of the Tunisian Sahara. Pitted, they're great for stuffing with fillings such as almonds or peanut butter, and taste good chopped up and added to dishes.
Verdict: seedless and convenient to eat, but a tad stiff and dry.
USA Organic Dates
100 grams for HK$28.50, City'super
The origin of these dates wasn't on the package, but judging by their size, I reckon they're medjools too. They're quite a bit pricier than the Bard Valley dates (which were about HK$19 per 100 grams), probably because of the organic label.
Verdict: creamy and chewy, these are truly satisfying. They're also not as sweet as the Bard Valley dates - which I think is a good thing.